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P90X: Worth It?

Posted in Uncategorized by mixfitness on October 28, 2009
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Man Weight LiftingWe’ve all seen the infomercials for products that guarantee weight loss results.  As a fitness professional, I usually disregard the claims relying on what is tried and true:  regular activity and healthy eating.  That’s not to say that there aren’t any that deliver on a promise.  In this blog, we’ll focus on the P90X Extreme Home Fitness Training System.  Their claim?  To get you “absolutely ripped” in 90 days.

The P90X program includes 12 workout DVDs, a fitness guide, nutrition plan, and tracking calendar.  The workouts range from 30 to 90 minutes.  One pro is that you can do this in the convenience of your home.  A review published in the September/October 2009 issue of ACE Fitness Matters states, “Certainly, many of the exercises are very advanced and the workouts are intense.  Promoting the concept of “muscle confusion” to accelerate results, most of the workouts move very quickly from one exercise to the next, which necessarily increases the risk for injury.”

This program is appropriate for those who are already somewhat fit.  If you are a beginner or don’t have the time to devote to these workouts, then choose another avenue.  Slim people will most likely see results when they dedicate themselves to the program.  The idea of “muscle confusion,” though, is not new and is an important consideration for any regular exercise plan.  For any workout to continue to be effective, you must change it every few weeks.  Meaning, adding reps, sets, weight, time, or distance.  Your body responds to increases in intensity.

Before you start any exercise program, make sure it is something that you will stick with.  The key to adherence is enjoyment.  Have you used the P90X?  Leave a comment sharing your feedback!


Diet: A Four Letter Word

Posted in Uncategorized by mixfitness on October 13, 2009
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Did the title do it’s job?  You may be surprised to learn that it’s been used over and over again.  But, your interest is peaked.  Stop for a moment and ask yourself, “why?”  Are you still trying to lose the weight you had hoped would come off with your New Year’s resolution?  No matter the reason, a diet will only temporarily help you lose weight.  You starve yourself and deny cravings to lose weight, then go back to what you normally eat.  After resuming normal eating, the pounds creep back on.  That’s one reason why diet is a four letter word.  No one says, “I’m going on a diet….oh goodie!”

What thoughts go through your mind when you “go on a diet?”  Usually, you make yourself miserable by restricting many of the normal foods you eat.  When you eat a “restricted” food, you feel like a failure.  Then, you pig out or give up thinking the damage has been done.  How long does it take to get to that point?  One day? One week?

It’s time to take “diet” out of your weight loss vocabulary.  Until you learn to eat sensibly the majority of the time, food will always be viewed as good or bad for you.  Sure, there are foods that are “bad for you.”  But, you already know what they are.  My clients often ask me what they should be eating.  They, and you, know fried foods, gigantic portions, and copious desserts are not recommended.  But, if you eat them rarely, they won’t do much damage.

Make today the day you let yourself enjoy healthy eating most of time.  When you commit to eating well, weight will no longer be an issue.  Think colorful fruits and veggies, lean meats, and high-fiber carbs.  Of course, you still need regular exercise.  However, exercise can not do it alone.  Weight loss is most effective when you combine nutrition and exercise.  Start today!

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